The benefits of Hydrotherapy or Aquatic Physiotherapy for this group of patients are enormous, not just from the support that the water supplies but for the sense of achievement and independence it provides.
In comparison with land based physiotherapy, exercising in the water eliminates anxiety and fear of falling by providing postural support. This often enables improved relaxation and flexibility of the limbs.
The water can also cause patients to challenge their stability further in late stage rehabilitation by the use of drag and turbulence.
Hydrotherapy / Aquatic Physiotherapy is not always suitable for Neurological patients and close liaison with each patient's individual land neurological physiotherapist is essential.
Conditions which may benefit from Hydrotherapy / Aquatic Physiotherapy are:
- Post Stroke
- Parkinson Disease
- Peripheral Nerve Lesions
- Partial and Complete Spinal cord lesions
- Post Neurosurgery